Central Washington lawmakers honored for supporting, protecting small business

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has named state representatives in the 13th, 14th and 15th districts as “Guardians of Small Business” for supporting and protecting small businesses across Washington through their votes during the 2011-2012 legislative sessions.

Included in the list of honorees are: Rep. Bill Hinkle, R-Cle Elum, and Rep. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake – both of the 13th District; Rep. Charles Ross, R-Naches, and Rep. Norm Johnson, R-Yakima – both of the 14th District; and 15th District lawmakers – Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, and Rep. David Taylor, R-Moxee.

Lawmakers were scored based on 10 votes taken in the state House of Representatives. The Central Washington lawmakers scored 100 percent in their voting records supporting small businesses.

NFIB/Washington State Director Patrick Connor said the local lawmakers stood up to some stiff opposition to support small businesses and employers with their votes.

“Our Central Washington Guardians understand how challenging it is to run a small business in this state, because most of them have actually done it themselves,” said Connor. “It's no surprise that time and again, they can be counted on to support small business 100 percent of the time, even when faced with hostile opposition from big labor, big business and other advocates of big government.”

Washington House Republicans have taken the lead in the Legislature toward private-sector job creation through their “Let's Get Washington Working Again” jobs legislation, which includes proposals such as improved permitting processes, a simpler tax structure for small business, less expensive workers' compensation and unemployment insurance, and reducing excessive regulations against employers.

According the U.S. Small Business Administration, there were more than 532,000 businesses with 500 or fewer employees in Washington in 2009, representing 98.1 percent of all employers and employing 53.3 percent of the private-sector workforce.

NFIB is the nation's leading small business association, with offices in all 50 state capitals.

For more information, contact:

John Sattgast – Information Officer to Rep. Norm Johnson: (360) 786-7257; john.sattgast@leg.wa.gov
John Handy – Information Officer to Rep. Bill Hinkle: (360) 786-5758; john.handy@leg.wa.gov
Sarah Stewart – Information Officer to Rep. Judy Warnick, Rep. Charles Ross and Rep. Bruce Chandler: (360) 786-7720; sarah.stewart@leg.wa.gov
Brendon Wold – Information Officer to Rep. David Taylor: (360) 786-7698; brendon.wold@leg.wa.gov

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